Try out

When you go to a special place and have some nice, different pictures in mind, it’s always good to try your ideas first. On location, you might not have that much time and it would be a pity if you would discover your plan didn’t work only when you were back home. During this trip, we planned to visit the hut where Captain Scott left on his ill-fated South Pole expedition. At this place, I had in mind to take some pictures as they could have been taken by Scott’s men.

Base W – Detaille Island

Fortunately, we visited an old. historic scientific station in our time on the Peninsula. Base W on Detaille Island isn’t as old as Scott’s hut of course, but it was still nice to give it an older feel. The biggest problem was the big contrast. There was no light inside the hut, but the windows gave enough light. However, this meant the contrast between the windows and the area around it was too big for one picture. So I decided to use the HDR-technique. With three pictures with different exposures, I managed to capture the whole range I wanted. Next step was to convert it into black and white. In Silver Effex Pro there are several presets you can use. Usually I would use a more natural look, but in this case, a bit more yellowish gave the right feeling to the image. Ready to go now for when we reach the real huts…

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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